bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Deep and dark fruits in the flavor. Actually thats a decent way of describing the appearance as well. Hops are making thierselves shown here, and heavy on the palate. Good stuff. extremeicon (113) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Definitely unlike just about anything I’ve tasted before. Comes off kind of like a spicy lambic. Orangish/brownish color with a very active head (it started foaming the second I opened up the bottle). Aroma as promised of spice and fruit. Flavor a sort of yeasty sour fruit flavor with hints of cinnamon and cloves. I couldn’t taste a whole lot of hops in there, though, yet alone a "profuse amount." freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 A nice big Belgian with an easy drinking profile. All the requisite character is there: light sweetness, spicy aroma hops, lightly bitter hop finish, notes of dried apricots, etc. Sometimes Belgians give off a tartness that is not present in this brew. Very clean, and perhaps a good introduction to the Belgian style. Hides its potent alcohol content well. Nicely balanced, and a great food pairing beer. Try it with an herby chicken dish, or seafood with wine sauce. jake65 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dirty copper brown with a tiny white head. Nose is mild of Belgian spices and fruitiness. I found this to be incredibly smooth with flavors of frutiness up front, a little yeast and spices with a little hops too. Thanks EithCubes! CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 22, 2007
Good enough belgian ale with a full malt backbone; however, this ale runs a bit sticky sweet on the tongue which overwhelms any flavor lying underneath. In all, a good beer, if a bit one-sided.
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Very suprising. Good that is. Real nice complexity for the style. Nice bitterness too. They actually had this on tap at PIER 32 in Hamilton Indiana. I’ll be back!!! ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2007
Thanks to Bob, Michelle, and mostly my baby Jana for the 12th annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival today! On tap @ the fest. Nose of dried fruit, wheat & alcohol, smoke & vanilla. The beer is sparkling copper. The fully lasting off-white head leaves good lace. The brew is spicy & peppery with high acidity and a brief finish. The full creamy body is lively, the finish feels dry. Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2007
On tap at Old Chicago. Very intersting beer with plenty of hops, some citrus flavor. Very good carbonation and yeasty taste. thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Pours a golden orange color with a lacy white head. Aroma is floral hops with yeast and citrus characteristics as well. Candy sugar somewhat detectable. Taste is citrus up front, but the yeast, sugar, and fruit characteristics come shining through in the end. This is a very subtly complex beer and a wonderful offering from Goose Island. ganache (5894) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2015 2006 Bottle. Yeasty nose with orange and citric zest, touch of candy sugar and lots of wet fruit. Really an incorrigible gusher, caught all of this one, though. Hazy-opaque goldenish orange with a strong carbonation tornado in the middle and a huge, yeast-driven, lacing, rocky, spoonable beige head. Taste a nice balance of acidity, bitterness, and light sweetness, malt and fruit with yeast. Crisp medium+ body, prickling but very soft. Aftertaste is yeasty and very dry, faint perfume notes linger on. Orvallish but not quite on the same level; still an excellent go.
A big bottle from Feb 2014 here at over eighteen months and the evaluation is clear: not Orval, but still pretty good! The horse and straw character isn’t as strong, very slightly metallic, hops are dead at this age, but it’s clean, bone-dry, and maintains a hint of soft maltiness. A darker orange-brown, refreshing, and clean, despite the obvious provenance. [2015.08.22: 3.7]